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In a few weeks, my family is departing on a week long vacation to Cancun. This includes me, my husband, my 3 year old daughter, and my 7 month old son. I booked my flights months ago on Southwest when fares were ridiculously low. Using points, I am paying approximately 11,000 points per person roundtrip. Fortunately, I only have to pay for me and my daughter as I have the companion pass so my husband flies for free. I am also taking my son on as a lap child. Ultimately we are paying for 2 seats for 4 of us to actually fly, which is awesome!
For no reason at all, I looked up flights today on JetBlue since they have non stop flights Boston to Cancun. With my Southwest flights we have a layover in Baltimore, which isn’t ideal with kids, but far from a deal breaker. To my surprise, JetBlue actually has pretty low fares for our flight home! $151 per person or 8,000 points. Very comparable to the price paid with points on Southwest. Although, on JetBlue, we’d actually have to pay for 3 seats since no companion pass option, but would still have my son as a lap child.
So my big dilemma is which flight to take – Southwest or JetBlue. While we are 100% flying Southwest to Cancun, I am extremely undecided on which flight to take home. There are pros and cons for each of them and I am really torn. Of course my husband was half listening when I went through the benefits of each and told me it was ultimately my decision.
Pro’s / Con’s for JetBlue:
- Pro: Non-stop flight
- Pro: Leaves much later in the day which gives us half a day added to our vacation
- Con: There are not many seats left and I wasn’t able to get 2 seats together, let alone 3 – while I am sure I’ll be able to get 2 seats together while at the airport, either my husband or I will be separated on the plane with one taking our daughter and the other our son
- Con: Since there are not many seats available, the chances of being able to get my son an actual seat with his car seat is very low
- Con: Since the flight leaves later in the day, it doesn’t arrive into Boston until 9pm – with my son that could be a real hit or miss
- Con: Flying JetBlue will ultimately cost us about $300 more (this takes into consideration having to pay for another JetBlue seat, the difference in taxes (JetBlue is actually less), checked bag fees on JetBlue (Southwest is free) and a few other factors
Pro’s/Con’s for Southwest:
- Pro: Flight gets in around 5:30pm which means night time for my son won’t be a total disaster
- Pro: The flight still has a bunch of empty seats, so being able to bring a car seat on for my son and get him his own seat is extremely high (and since no assigned seating on Southwest, as long as there is one seat available then I am good)
- Con: The flight leaves much earlier in the day and will require us to “wake up and go” which isn’t ideal
- Con: We have about a 2 hour layover at Baltimore airport, although it allows us to sit down and eat lunch
While I love the concept of a non-stop flight and leaving later in the day, the extra $300 and the higher probability of my son not getting his own seat for the entire flight is holding me back.
What would you do?! I have 23 hours to cancel JetBlue if I want… UPDATE – I decided to stick with Southwest!